Ms. Mujic joined the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Community over the summer, and spent her first month on campus getting ready to meet the needs of our Bobcats as they returned for in-person instruction. The School Counselor is a member of the Student Affairs Team, who focuses on social and emotional learning support, versus the academic support that the Deans are engaged in. The Student Affairs Team, which is comprised of Ms. Mujic, our Deans, and the Director of Student Affairs, works together comprehensively to offer a high level of all kinds of assistance to our Bobcats. A little about her personally: Ms. Mujic holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development, a Master of Arts in Counselor Education, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Helping students is her passion, and she has already become an indispensable member of the community in her short tenure with us.
The 2021-2022 school year being the third in a row to be affected in some capacity by the global pandemic means that Ms. Mujic has a lot of work to do. As the majority of our students have been in distance learning for the better part of a year and a half, the main focus this year is to help our students remember what it is to be a student in a physical classroom. We caught up with Ms. Mujic to learn more about her role as our School Counselor.
I knew I wanted to become a school counselor in college. After graduating from high school, I felt overwhelmed choosing my college courses and deciding on a major of study. My counselor was an incredible source of support to me during that time. She listened to my concerns, assisted me in my course planning, taught me a lot about stress management, provided useful resources, and encouraged me along the way. I felt reassured knowing I could turn to her whenever I needed guidance, and I knew I wanted to offer that same type of support to students one day. Before starting my school counseling program, I also worked as a preschool teacher. My work in early childhood education further reaffirmed my interest for becoming a school counselor when I observed the need for social and emotional learning and student support services in schools.
Ms. Mujic checking in on some our grade 8 Bobcats during lunch
I have three primary goals as the school counselor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. First, I want to support students during their personal and social challenges and empower them to advocate for themselves and their mental well-being. Second, I want to establish partnerships with the diverse stakeholders involved in students’ learning and development; that is, their families, teachers, and community members. Third, I want to advocate for social and emotional learning and overall well-being.
I hope to provide information to students, families, and BASIS Independent Silicon Valley staff about various social and emotional learning topics, including building character, advocating for oneself, fostering self-esteem, and bringing awareness to various behavioral and mental health issues.
We look forward to hearing even more from Ms. Mujic as the year progresses. Go Bobcats!
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